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Game Thread: Wasps vs Sale (Incl. Team news)

By ChiswickWasp
November 25 2016

Wasps team to face Sale Sharks


Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his squad to take on Sale Sharks in round nine of the Aviva Premiership, at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, kick off 2.30pm.

In the pack, Marty Moore starts in the front row, where he’ll pack down alongside Tommy Taylor, who returns from England camp, and captain Matt Mullan.

The second row partnership of Matt Symons and Kearnan Myall remains unchanged, while in the back row both Ashley Johnson and Alex Rieder start, linking up with Thomas Young on the openside flank.

The backline sees two changes, with Joe Simpson starting in the nine shirt, alongside Danny Cipriani who is set to make his 150thPremiership appearance, and Frank Halai who starts on the left wing. 

Ahead of Sunday’s game at the Ricoh Arena, Dai Young said: “Last Saturday was a kick in the backside, which hopefully the boys will react to. We’re an honest group and we know we will have to play much better against Sale Sharks this weekend, but I’m confident we can. The good thing about the Premiership is you have the opportunity to get back on the horse and put it right the following week.

“We know what Sale will bring and we’ve already seen first-hand how tough a side they are to beat, when they edged us 17-13 at the AJ Bell in the Anglo-Welsh Cup recently. They have a very solid set piece and a very strong driving game. We expect a big challenge from them up front and we know how physical a team they are.

“We’re back at home, where we have a record we’re proud of and want to defend, but this Sunday will be a real test for us. It’s a massive couple of weeks for us in the Aviva Premiership.” 

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Wasps team to face Sale Sharks at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 27th November, kick off 2.30pm.

15. Rob Miller
14. Christian Wade
13. Kyle Eastmond
12. Jimmy Gopperth
11. Frank Halai
10. Danny Cipriani
9. Joe Simpson
1. Matt Mullan (c)
2. Tommy Taylor
3. Marty Moore
4. Matt Symons
5. Kearnan Myall
6. Ashley Johnson
7. Thomas Young
8. Alex Rieder

16. Jack Willis
17. Tom Bristow
18. Phil Swainston
19. Will Rowlands
20. James Gaskell
21. Dan Robson
22. Alapati Leiua
23. Tom Howe

Unavailable for selection:

Joe Launchbury, Elliot Daly, Nathan Hughes (toe)


Forwards: Guy Thompson (rib), Tom Cruse (ankle), James Haskell – (toe), Sam Jones – (leg & ankle), Simon McIntyre – (ankle) , Alex Lundberg- (ankle) , Jake Cooper-Woolley – (knee) 
Backs: Josh Bassett (knee), Kurtley Beale – (knee), Nick De Luca – following concussion protocols 

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Game Thread: Wasps vs Sale (Incl. Team news) (IP Logged)
25/11/2016 12:03
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Re: Game Thread: Wasps vs Sale (Incl. Team news)
Raggs (IP Logged)
25/11/2016 12:06
Still not a fan of the midfield, glad to see Halai in many ways. I'm going to assume we have Reider to act as 8 on the scrum, but 6 in terms of rucks. Johnson for some carrying. Glad to see Willis get a shot, and hope we give him some time.

Re: Game Thread: Wasps vs Sale (Incl. Team news)
matelot22 (IP Logged)
25/11/2016 12:10
To face:

Sale Sharks: 15. Mike Haley, 14. Will Addison, 13. Sam James, 12. Sam Tuitupou, 11. Josh Charnley, 10. AJ MacGinty, 9. Mike Phillips, 1. Ross Harrison, 2. Neil Briggs, 3. Brian Mujati, 4. Bryn Evans, 5. Andrei Ostrikov, 6. TJ Ioane, 7. Ben Curry, 8. Josh Beaumont (capt.)

Replacements: 16. Rob Webber, 17. James Flynn, 18. Halani Aulika, 19. Cameron Neild, 20. Tom Curry, 21. Peter Stringer, 22. Mark Jennings, 23. Tom Arscott

Re: Game Thread: Wasps vs Sale (Incl. Team news)
matelot22 (IP Logged)
25/11/2016 12:13
That's a handy looking Sale side, hope we can improve on last week's showing.

Re: Game Thread: Wasps vs Sale (Incl. Team news)
james46 (IP Logged)
25/11/2016 14:12
Strange Sale bench, no 10 or second row.

Re: Game Thread: Wasps vs Sale (Incl. Team news)
Raggs (IP Logged)
25/11/2016 15:14
Strange Sale bench, no 10 or second row.

They've preferred James to Mugford at 10 previously this season, and Beaumont to lock isn't new for them this season either.

Re: Game Thread: Wasps vs Sale (Incl. Team news)
Nomad_Wasp (IP Logged)
25/11/2016 15:52
I expected Reider but losing Guy is a blow.

We know Taylor can play 8-, and it always means Ash can come off at 50 minutes and then come back on.

Plan is simple this week - play better than last week!

Re: Game Thread: Wasps vs Sale (Incl. Team news)
DGPWasp (IP Logged)
25/11/2016 16:19
Too many square pegs in round holes for my liking. While I like Johnson back at 6, covering hooker from there is not ideal. Most teams will put on an entirely fresh front row around 60 minster. Which ever of our 2 hookers is playing in the final minutes, they will have played a full game and be up against a fresh opponent (even if it is only Rob Webber!!??). Gaskell covering 6/8 is OK, but it's not been his primary position since joining us. Eastmond better suited to 12 than 13. Howe and Willis may be called into action from the bench having played for Coventry 24 hrs earlier. As the "parent" club, presumably Dai can have them stood down from Cov duties?

Not so long ago we had an embarrassment of riches in the back row. Now we have a hooker and a lock in the 23 as back rows (admittedly both good and experienced in their "second" position) along with an academy lad with no premiership experience. Like a throw back to 3 or 4 years ago. Rotten run of luck with back row injuries.

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